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The Hedonist’s Housecoat: Free Crochet Housecoat Pattern

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UPDATED May 8, 2024

Every time I create a new pattern I think to myself this has got to be my favorite pattern to date. How is it then, that I am wrong each and every time? Because THIS new crochet housecoat pattern is definitely my favorite. This housecoat is luxurious, it is comfortable, and it makes me extremely happy. Which is why I named it The Hedonist’s Housecoat… and you may not want to keep it only at home!

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Free Housecoat Crochet Pattern

Hedonism is the belief that pleasure or happiness in all things should be top priority. Therefore, a hedonist is a person in constant pursuit of pleasure; they do things, eat things, wear things, etc that make them feel good. And this housecoat does just that.

updated housecoat blue green free crochet pattern

Slouchy-Chic Crochet Housecoat

You know when you walk into Kohl’s, and there’s that area with the purses, belts, and scarves? If I were tasked with placing this housecoat in a specific department, that would be the one; right there with all of the other one-size-fits-most shawls and ponchos. You know, where the hedonists shop. 😛

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It’s roomy, it’s comfy, it’s oh-so soft. We can wrap up in it and cuddle with the spouse and kids on the couch to watch our favorite movies wearing face mask and eating popcorn. SIGN ME UP!

This pattern was UPDATED in May of 2024. This revised version features Chroma Worsted yarn in the “Fathoms” colorway. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Approximate measurements for one-size-fits-most housecoat:

Body circumference: 62″
Height (neck to hem after washing): 36″
Upper arm circumference: 21″
Lower sleeve circumference: 12″

Crochet Housecoat Free Pattern

For this pattern we are using the Herringbone Half Double Crochet, abbreviated as the HHDC. This stitch is much easier than it looks, so give it a shot with this new video tutorial. You’ll love it, and after crocheting this housecoat you’ll have it mastered!

Get the ad-free printable version of this pattern here on Ravelry, Etsy, or in the Heart Hook Home shop.

See the companion VIDEO tutorial for this pattern here.

Get the SMALL size here.

Get the CHILD size here.

Materials:

Medium/size 4/worsted weight yarn (updated using Chroma Worsted yarn)
– approx. 1500 yards for medium
– approx. 1700 yards for one-size
– approx. 2000 yards for large size
Crochet hook size J/6mm

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Gauge:

12 hhdc and 10 rows  = 4″ square

Need help adjusting your gauge? This article will help!

Housecoat Pattern:

Row 1: Fhdc-(110, 130, 160, 190)
*alternately you could ch-(111, 131, 161, 191), hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each across. (110, 130, 160, 190)

Rows 2 through (56, 62, 62, 62): Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (110, 130, 160, 190)

Left:

Row (57, 63, 63, 63): Ch-1, turn, hhdc in first (20, 23, 25, 35) sts only. (20, 23, 25, 35)

Rows (58, 64, 64, 64) through (74, 80, 80, 80): Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (20, 23, 25, 35) Fasten off.

Back:

Leave (10, 12, 20, 20) sts open and attach yarn in next st to create back portion…

Row (57, 63, 63, 63): Ch-1, hhdc in same st and next (49, 59, 69, 79) sts only. (50, 60, 70, 80)

Rows (58, 64, 64, 64) through (74, 80, 80, 80): Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (50, 60, 70, 80) Fasten off leaving long tail for seaming.

Right:

Leave (10, 12, 20, 20) sts open and attach yarn in next st to create next portion:

Row (57, 63, 63, 63): Ch-1, hhdc in same st and each to end. (20, 23, 25, 35)

Rows (58, 64, 64, 64) through (74, 80, 80, 80): Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (20, 23, 25, 35) Fasten off leaving a long tail for seaming.

You should now have a “left”, “back”, and “right”. See photo below for reference.

Crocheting an infant cardiganGeneral shape before sewing shoulders, for example only.

Fold the two outside panels in and sew the shoulders using the Mattress Stitch. You should have (10, 14, 20, 10) sts open across the back of the neck.

Edging (all sizes):

Attach yarn at bottom right corner (if you were wearing the housecoat) with sl st.

Row 1: Ch-1, hdc (not hhdc) up the front to shoulder, across neck and down the other front.

Rows 2 – 4: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Small Sleeves:

Leaving a long tail for cinching any holes, attach yarn at the bottom center of the armhole.

Round 1: Ch-1, hhdc in same st and each around. Join with sl st to top of first hhdc. (48)

Rounds 2 – 17: Ch-1, turn, hhdc2tog in first 2 sts, hhdc in each st around. Join with sl st to top of first st. (32 sts after row 17)

Rounds 18 – 28 (or desired length): Ch-1, turn hhdc in each st around (make sure first st goes into same as join). Join with sl st to top of first hhdc. (32)

Round 55: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join using invisible join and weave in ends. (32)

Medium Sleeves:

Leaving a long tail for cinching any holes, attach yarn at the bottom center of the armhole.

Round 1: Ch-1, hhdc in same st and each around. Join with sl st to top of first hhdc. (50)

Rounds 2 – 17: Ch-1, turn, hhdc2tog in first 2 sts, hhdc in each st around. Join with sl st to top of first st. (34 sts after row 17)

Rounds 18 – 28 (or desired length): Ch-1, turn hhdc in each st around (make sure first st goes into same as join). Join with sl st to top of first hhdc. (34)

Round 29: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join using invisible join and weave in ends. (34)

One-Size & Large Sleeves:

Leaving a long tail for cinching any holes, attach yarn at the bottom center of the armhole.

Round 1: Ch-1, hhdc in same st and each around. Join with sl st to top of first hhdc. (58)

Rounds 2 – 28: Ch-1, turn, hhdc2tog in first 2 sts, hhdc in each st around. Join with sl st to top of first st.

Round 29: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join using invisible join and weave in ends. (31)

Pockets:

Make two…

Row 1: Ch-21, hhdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. (20)

Rows 2 – 15: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (20)

Row 16: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (20)

Fasten off leaving a super long tail for sewing to housecoat front. I placed the bottom of my pockets 16 rows up from the housecoat bottom and 10 stitches in from the edging.

That. Is. It.

How easy is this?! If you want a longer housecoat simply crochet more rows before starting the armholes. Alternatively, if you want a shorter housecoat simply crochet less rows before starting the armholes.

If you’d like more coverage in the front, add more edging rows. I love how the Half Double Crochet contrasts with the Herringbone Half Double, but I must admit that I had to really pay attention after working with both stitches on this project.

I hope you love this pattern as much as I do, and when you make one, I would LOVE to see your photos! I was telling everyone in my crochet group that this housecoat could easily be made a scrap-coat; a great way to use up scrap yarn!

Share photos of your crochet housecoat with me by tagging @HeartHookHome on Instagramand Twitter, and by sharing in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community group on Facebook!

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104 Comments

  1. Hi Ashlea! I am a huge fan of your crochet work and appreciate you so much....I was wondering about your Hedonist's Housecoat pattern. Could I do the pockets first and use them to check my gauge? Thanks a bunch, Laurie
  2. I'm self taught and have never made a sweater. I'm doing sleeves but I may not be doing correctly. The last line has me confused (invisible join). What would I be joining? I'm doing it as a round, continuous sleeve that will not need a join. Help, please.
  3. This is a go-to pattern even for beginners! How many shawls and afghans can we make or even use? Thank you!
  4. Such a cute and comfy sweater! Instead of doing all the skipped stitches on the sleeves (rows 2-28) to slowly make them more narrow at the cuff, could I simply do decreases? Is there an advantage to doing the skips? Thanks for a great pattern!
  5. Love this. Easiest sweater I’ve ever made. Tutorial is the best!!! I just finished one and now I’m making another one. Thank you so much!!!
  6. Hi I'm making medium size and I'm at shoulders why do I stitch 23 sts one side and 35 sts other side ? Then do I leave the back open for 108 sts? I'm very confused.
    1. Hi Sue! I have a video tutorial for this pattern that may help. At about the 5:15 minute mark is where I start the armhole panels. https://youtu.be/B3moWqdXgqw
  7. Hey, I was just wondering if there was a specific type of yarn you would recommend for this?? Would acrylic be ok or would cotton be better??
    1. I used an acrylic for mine and it worked great...but a cotton or cotton blend would have less stretch.
  8. Hi, i love the look of the housecoat but since i find size 4 yarn itchy and stiff. Could you make it with blanket yarn size 6 which is super soft? How would i adjust the pattern to fit me as i am a 3xl. Thanks..
  9. Can you tell us the measurement from the bottom hem to the bottom of the armhole? I know total length is about 36” just wondering since I am very tall.
  10. This is the first garment I’ve ever done and really liked the simplicity of the pattern. It turned out well but slips off my shoulders while I’m wearing it. Did I not place the sleeves correctly ? Or.. I didn’t use as many rows for the border... might that be it? Also very heavy like a blanket. I used Caron pounder for the yarn. Might it be that? Frustrated because I want to wear it more than I do because of these 2 issues. Thanks.
  11. hi i love this pattern but have a question what is an hhdc crochet i know the hdc but the hhdc stumps me would apreciate know ing what it is thanks ps i have been crocheting for over 40 years
    1. Hi Catherine! The Hhdc is the Herringbone half double crochet. I have a tutorial for this if needed which can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/how-to-herringbone-half-double-crochet-hhdc/